These Baltic neighbours – Kristiana hails from Latvia, Sten from Estonia – are both currently studying in London. The music of Elena Firsova is featured across three concerts this summer, and this morning’s work was written for Steven Isserlis. Sharing its key but not its temperament with Beethoven, Chopin’s last major work returns to the only duo instrument for which he composed, for his cello partner, August Franchomme.
11:00am, Tuesday 6 August 2019
£16 Unreserved Seating
Supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust
JS Bach Suite for solo cello No.4 in E flat major, BWV1010 24’
Beethoven Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 25’
Firsova The Night Demons, Op.62 10’
Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 28½’
Latvian Kristiana Ignatjeva studied at the Purcell School with Robert Cohen and is now is at the RCM with Melissa Phelps, having obtained degrees with distinction in Master of Performance and Bachelor of Music. Last season she gave concerto performances with the London Mozart Players, Essex Symphony Orchestra and Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.
Sten Heinoja has received numerous prizes in his native Estonia as well as abroad. In 2007 he was awarded a diploma and special prize in Lithuania, in 2010 he earned the finalist diploma in Jurmala, Latvia, and in 2014 he won the 8th Estonian Piano Competition. Sten performs regularly in Estonia as part of chamber groups, as a soloist, and as an accompanist.